Ansari and the Archon X Prize

You’d think that one of the first public appearances by Anousheh Ansari would attract a fair amount of media attention. However, most of the media coverage of a press conference held yesterday in Washington to kick of the Archon X Prize, the $10-million genomics prize the X Prize Foundation is running, mentioned her only in passing: see the AP and BBC for some examples. Ansari is part of the “Genome 100″, a group of 100 celebrities, scientists, and others whose genomes will be mapped by the prize-winner as a bonus. Beyond that, though, her recent flight to the ISS isn’t mentioned in the article: was she not available for comments, or did the reporters have their eyes only on the prize?

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